Vita & Virginia Reviews

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August 22, 2019
Because Arterton portrays Vita with an almost adolescent superficiality, her fixation on Virginia never feels like more than a conquest, or a rung to be climbed on the literary ladder.
August 22, 2019
"Vita & Virginia" takes a passionate, real-life affair between two enormously gifted writers and proceeds to throttle the life out of it.
August 21, 2019
That it builds to the writing and publication of Woolf's landmark novel Orlando, whose title character Sackville-West inspired, only makes one wish to be watching Sally Potter's 1992 adaptation of Orlando (starring Tilda Swinton) instead.
July 9, 2019
Yet much good will is squandered by some mood-killing touches, most prominently a score that can only be described as candle shop electronica.
July 5, 2019
It is a good, honest performance and, for all that the movie itself is brittle, self-conscious and perhaps a little absurd at times, there is a vehement, urgent idealism.
July 5, 2019
The makers of this biographical romance clearly adore Virginia Woolf and want viewers to engage with her personality, sexuality and lightning-bright words.
August 22, 2019
It's something left-of-center in a traditional costume drama's clothing, and arrestingly so.
August 21, 2019
The film's greatest strength is as a showcase for Debicki, one of the most talented actresses working today, who perfectly embodies Woolf's genius and vulnerability.
August 20, 2019
The film frequently falls back on the stately demeanor of countless other historical biopics and period pieces.
August 17, 2019
Flawed but fascinating and fresh way to approach Woolf and Bloomsbury, benefiting from an alluring turn by Gemma Arterton as Vita Sackville-West.
August 9, 2019
Somehow at once lusty and bloodless, and never less than Merchant-Ivory pretty, this well-meaning biopic sticks too closely to its epistolary inspiration and never lets itself take imaginative flight.
August 8, 2019
Vita and Virginia also affords us the chance to watch smart women banter, philosophize, argue, and aggressively pursue their own desires, leaving the men to play the supportive worrying spouse for a change.
July 23, 2019
Director [Chanya] Button has a terrific eye and a witty sense of knowing observation, but seems to struggle against the over-written nature of this screenplay.
July 16, 2019
Vita & Virginia pens a revisionist take on Virginia Woolf ( ... ) that has never been seen before ( ... ). [Button and Atkins] craft a script that questions what is masculine, what is feminine, and how these binaries create damaging absolutes.
July 16, 2019
Looking upon Virginia Woolf with an immature and childish creative lust, writer/director Chanya Button and co-writer Eileen Atkins reduce her to a bland literary figure in Vita & Virginia, leaving us to remember the contrarian truth.
July 15, 2019
Vita and Virginia is a remarkably chaste and safe film given its wealthy subject matter, although it's a good looking period drama.
July 13, 2019
Sincere performances from Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki help.
July 12, 2019
Alas, we don't quite believe it.
July 12, 2019
Debicki is wonderful as Woolf, a wry and solemn observer, but the rest of the film is all too literal.
July 12, 2019
Vita & Virginia is disappointing mostly because it takes one of the most beloved, influential, and strange lesbian relationships of the 20th century and makes it into something basically ordinary, a mannered cliché.
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